Project Conversion: One Man, Twelve Faiths
November - Jainism
Because asceticism is such a important feature of various religions, and because no one goes monk like the Jains, I decided to live the monastic lifestyle as closely as possible in November. Dressed in simple white robes, walking barefoot, sleeping on the floor, and observing complete abstinence (to the chagrin of my wife), I experienced a taste of monastic life and the dedication this spiritual practice demands. Despite the obvious challenges, I learned a great deal about the Jain respect for all forms of life and their non-violent philosophy—which influenced Mahatma Gandhi—is second to none.